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As a self-proclaimed expert on co-founder issues[0], I'm glad that we're hearing both sides of the story. As expected, they don't match at all. Hopefully, SamA will read both, try to find an honorable middle ground, and write another blog post.

Basically, One mistake seems to have been made: writing on the YC application that they are both founders, possibly stating a 50/50 split. That's one mistakes, two years of hard work, and one billion dollars.

[0] As the author of the co-founder equity calculator, I still receive about one email a week from founders asking for advice about co-founder issues. After several years, I think I have seen about every possible problem with co-founders.




According to Jeremy, he gave him. an exploding offer, tried to get him to fire his counsel. Then he wrote a public blog post, upvoted here, and read by pretty much anyone in Silicon Valley about how slimy and unreasonable this Jeremy guy is (when he clearly has a vested interest in how this plays out). Nope, I don't think we'll see a 'middle ground' anytime soon, Sam is clearly playing on one team. That's fine. He picked his team. But I still think a public blog was a wrong decision from all perspectives: legal, strategic, and moral. And it will for sure be brought up in court as an underhanded tactic.


Sam is obviously a very smart guy, but not a very wise one. He is, after all, only 30 years old. He let his emotional side (anger, frustration) get the better of him when he published that blog post. It's not how a competent leader would have acted.


I know I would, and I think most others would gladly give sama a pass if he owned up to his bias and mistake and apologized to Jeremy publicly.


Write a book? I'd preorder.


Seconded! In the meanwhile, Founder's Dilemmas is a great read (http://www.amazon.com/The-Founders-Dilemmas-Anticipating-Ent...)




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